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the Firma by Andrew Fezza label.
While on the subject of Italian-styled
clothing, a show that was unques-
tionably one of the best (and unques-
tionably one of the most expensive) was
that of designer Piero Dimitri. Com-
plementing his presentation of exquisite
menswear were swank female models.
In its entirety, it evoked the glamour,
style and ease of Hollywood in the
"I concentrated heavily on elegance,"
Dimitri explains in his heavy Italian ac-
cent. "Because of concerns in budget
cutbacks, this country has not given it
(elegance) the attention it deserves."
Elegance in menswear Dimitri-style
means tweed suits combined with gray
flannel trousers and vests, or gray
pinstriped suits with lape!ed vests.
Dimitri says he's making his tailored
clothes softer, with less construction, so
they are not the least bit confining. His
fall colors include earth tones, maroon,
blue-gray and winter white.
Suits from Dimitri couture start at
about $1400 but through a new
licensee, they will soon be available for
slightly under $500.
Another strong fashion direction for
fall came from designer Richard
Mishaan, who presented his collection
with several other top new designers in
a power packed mini-show called the
"We do traditional looks in a very
fashion forward style," says Mishaan,
whose company is called Chose
To achieve that, he used traditional
fabrics to create very shaped sil-
houettes, such as darted jackets with
an hour glass effect.
"I also did lots of color blocking with
solids," he adds. "There are virtually no
prints in this collection."
Mishaan believes that fall 1989 will be
a season of items— individual pieces
that make one statement when worn as
a suit, and another when they stand on
A newcomer to The Men's Fashion
Association that didn't put on a show
but was present at the seminars was
"We're here to observe this time," ex-
plains Theo Damen, design director of
Members Only. "And we want to take
this opportunity to let everyone here
know what we're all about."
Damen has divided this collection in-